These last few months it has sometimes felt a bit like I’ve gone back in time – I’m back at school with regular lessons, I get half term and now the Christmas holidays, I have homework, and now I have started some work experience! Once a week I have started helping out Anna, who owns women’s wear label Phannatiq.
While our tastes in clothes are extremely different I am learning heaps every time I go. Far from being the tea-girl (I was that girl once. I don’t drink tea or coffee and cannot tell you what a stressful experience I found it), I am finding out lots about how to construct clothes, and getting to try doing new things. I am also getting an insight into the dedication and passion needed to run your own business!
On Tuesday I was tracing off pattern pieces for a toile (rough version) that Anna is working on at the moment.
She began by using an existing jacket toile to mark out the new design.
Each section of the jacket was then marked with a number (think this was more for my benefit than what is normally done!) and I then took the toile and pinned each section flat onto pattern paper.
Using a tracing wheel I traced each section on to the paper.
I then used a pattern master to draw the pattern piece out by following the dots the tracing wheel left.
Although seam allowance still needs to be added, this process created the individual pattern pieces to then make a new toile of the jacket.